Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Good News and Bad News

Good News:
I hit the seventy (70) pound mark yesterday.  Down S - E - V - E - N - T - Y pounds.  Isn't that remarkable?  I think so! 

Bad News:
I have a mystery rash popping up in random and various parts of my body and it is driving me crazy!   I go to the Dermatologist tomorrow.  Hoping it isn't some weird parasite or scabies or rabies or something else awful.  It is random.  It is itchy.  It has to go. 

Good News:
Harry tried out for the High School Christmas Comedy - Tuna Christmas.  He is thrilled to have been selected to play Arles, the Red Neck Radio Broadcaster.  Never has a part been more perfect for a kid. Rehearsals have already started and I can't wait to see the show in December.   I think there will be six shows in all and I will probably see them all! 

Bad News:  
Chip got some of that lovely Nickelodeon Neon Green Slimy Gak stuck to the ceiling.  Way high up on the wall.  He was bouncing it off the wall when it apparently got warm and stuck.  He screamed for me and together we watched it slowly slide down the wall leaving a huge slime of neon green gu.  What a mess.  Clean up required the big ladder.  I asked Hubby to help. According to Google, you should just gently scrub it with a warm cloth and it will come off. Hubby was down to the sheet rock and that stuff wasn't budging.  He is a brute.  He painted over it.  It is good as new.  We fix way too much around here with similar techniques.  

Good News:
Today, Chip won his class Spelling Bee.  He will be representing Ms. Harden’s class in the school spelling bee in December.  Holla, Chip!  

Bad News:  
They have changed the recipe for my most favorite Zone Bar in the world - Chocolate Peanut Butter.  Now I don't have a most favorite.  Boo!! 

Good News:
Chip got a new baseball bat.  It is black and yellow and I call it Bumblebee.  He thinks it is awesome.  He hit the ball to the fence the first time he used it at batting practice.  I think he is going to be a slugger!  First games of the season coming up this weekend. 

Bad News:
Harry lost his running shoes. Don’t ask.  They are gone. 

Good News: 
Cross Country season is in full swing. He did a 5K in 21 minutes and some change.  He has really improved quite a bit.  Very proud of him. 

Good News: 
I am running again!  And let's just talk about what a massive improvement it is this time over my previous attempts at running.  I started with a little 3 minute run/2 minute walk last week and three days later I was running 2 miles with no stopping and no problems.  I mean I am even talking the whole time.  After our first 2 mile day I was just so happy!  I was bubbling over to Martha…even though she was clearly running right alongside me and knew exactly what we had just done.  I just needed to celebrate!  It wasn’t even hard.  I didn’t even want to stop.  Can you believe that?  I was even talking...the whole time.  And she says in the way that only Martha can…’and you weren’t even complaining.’  That just cracked me up!  Cause THAT is saying something.  Apparently I am a bit of a complainer about the running.  I credit the ease with which I have been able to run to the weight loss.  Don’t have to be a genius to figure out that it is so much easier to run without seventy pounds on you!  “Mr. Knowledge told me to take it easy for the first few weeks so I didn’t injure myself, but after that I am free to run about!  So excited that I am already agreeing to do a Turkey Trot with Hubby and Harry on Thanksgiving morning!   I think Mal, Meg and Brett are going to join us!  Need to get my brother and sister conned into this too!  Family affair!

Bad News:
My brother-in-law, Kevin, is going under the knife tomorrow to have his knee replaced.  In the end, this will be an article for the Good News column, but I imagine tonight he is a bit worried about the surgery and the recovery.  Say a prayer for him, please.  Perfect precision by the surgeon, easy recover and a no pain for him OR great pain meds so he doesn’t give a rip!  Either one works great!  Please also say a prayer for my sister, The Nice One. 

Good News:
It is fun to play boats in the rain with your kids.   A warm summer weekend, tons of non-stop rain and a couple of plastic lids to race down the gutter.  That my friends is what memories are made of.  Good times, indeed. 

Bad News:
I am slipping a little. I am normally totally organized and on top of my 'to do' list.  I don’t forget things very often.  Last Friday, I co-hosted the Cross Country Spaghetti Dinner with my great friends Cindy and Martha.  Thank goodness they are great friends or they would have kicked me to the curb.  First, I was in charge of printing the flyers and sending them to school during the week.  I forgot.  Thank goodness Cindy remembered and got them up to school in time.  I was supposed to bring ice.  I forgot.  I took a huge pan of French bread to Cindy’s house and she had her oven on warm to keep thing nice and hot for the kids.  I stuck that pan in the over with the plastic lid on the bottom.   It melted like a Shrinky Dink and her oven was smart enough to detect something and it turned it self off.  I could have burned the place down!  I was a hot mess.  Cindy’s sweet mom was there and she said “Can I help with anything?”  I said “Keep an eye on me Ophelia!  I am losing it and may be dangerous!”  They had such great humor about it all even though I was mortified.  I am so blessed to have such forgiving and understanding friends.  So very blessed.  We fed about 60 or so runners and it went off without a hitch.  No thanks to me. 

Good News:
I did a shoulder workout today at the gym today that six months ago I would not have had a clue how to do!!  Feeling energized and inspired I  told "Mr. Knowledge" that I was thinking about doing some crunches every day at home.  Inspired right?

Bad News:
He said "Great idea.  Try to do a thousand."  WHAT??  Has he lost his mind. I thought that I might try to do the regular 330 he has me do at the gym.  Can I do a thousand?  Only one way to find out!  Hit the floor!  Either my stomach will get tighter or it will cramp into a charlie horse and I will be rolling across the carpet like Astro trying to shake that Gentle Leader leash!  I will keep you posted! 

Let's end on a run of some Good News:
Dermatologist tomorrow - No More Rash.  Getting my hair cut and colored on Thursday YEA!  I am working so hard and so many hours, but I am loving my job right now.  I am looking forward to running in the morning! (CRAZY)   My friend Sara, who has been sick for almost a year, came to Bible Study on Monday and drove herself! Go Sara!!  I recently read The Kitchen House for Book Club.  It was excellent!  The weather is cooler, it is college football season and I love coffee!  

That is all!  Have a terrific day!  

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bob Chronicles - Thirteenth in a Series

This is my 555th blog post!  Isn't that crazy?  It is going to be a doozie!

I have mentioned several times lately that Lana has been on a cross country month long trip traversing the U.S with a couple of her girlfriends.  That means that Bob has been left unsupervised.   For 30 days.  Can't you just imagine the kind of trouble that has gotten Bob into?  I tried to call Bob pretty regularly just to make sure he hadn't fallen down on the back patio and broken a rib.  It has happened, so it wasn't out of the realm of possibility.  Once things started going south for Bob, I started jotting down some notes.  Let's cover the highlights:

Within days of flying solo, Bob was outside cleaning the sidewalk.  Somehow the outside hose busted and apparently showered half the neighborhood before Bob could get it turned off.  It gave him some good chuckles relating the story about the water shooting everywhere.  Nothing a quick trip to Lowe's and $17 couldn't fix.   New hose installed and all is well.

Shortly after the hose incident, his computer monitor went out on his main computer. Bob was thinking fast on his feet and moved the flat screen TV from the guest room to replace the bad monitor.  Not so quickly, he had to go buy a new monitor cable from Walmart to get it connected. Bob hooked it up and kept getting an error message saying he had to change the view settings to get the monitor to work. Unfortunately you can't change the settings when you can't see what you are doing on your monitor.  He was in a pickle.  He was relaying his dilemma to his sweet neighbor, Ms. Ellen and she let him borrow her computer monitor so he could get on change the settings and hook back up the TV.  It took him a while, to hook up, reset, rebook up, return the borrowed monitor, etc...but he finally got it fixed.

I called him a couple of evenings later and when I asked how things were going he just started laughing.  I grabbed my pen.

Bob decided he was going to make himself some burgers.  Bob is no chef, but he has made certainly made burgers.  He needed to thaw out his hamburger meat so he popped it into the microwave.  He doesn't do this often and accidentally set the microwave to thaw three pounds of hamburger instead of one pound of hamburger.  By the time he noticed his error, half the meat was cooked in the package.  He tried to form some patties with the half raw/half cooked meat and things were not holding together very well.  He recognized it was going to be impossible to go with his hamburger plan, so he decided he would go with Sloppy Joes.  He needed some Sloppy Joe mix so he decided to run up to Kroger and grab some.  Wouldn't you know it...his car wouldn't start.  The battery was dead.  There may or may not have been some cussing going on in Bob's driveway.  Bob doesn't operate well without food and he needed to get the Sloppy Joe's cooked and in his stomach.  It was not going to happen until Bob got his jumper cables out and jumped off the dead car, ran up to Auto Zone, dropped $106 to purchase a new battery.   Finally, he got his Sloppy Joe Mix, whipped up dinner and answered my phone call.

A couple days go by without a major malfunction and then disaster struck again.  Bob hears the toilet running.  Bob knows toilets.  He has repaired them, replaced them, used them damn near his whole life.  He runs up to Lowe's to get a kit to replace the valve.  First step he takes is to shut off the water supply valve by the wall.  He still heard some water running but the valve was all the way closed so he proceeded to take off the water line connected to the toilet. When he got it about half way loose it came flying off and water was going every where.  In desperation he began trying to screw it back on which is next to impossible when the water is rushing out, but he finally got it done. He was drenched.  The entire bathroom was drenched.  He cleaned up the mess, proceeded out to the street to shut off the main water supply to the house.  Then got the valve replaced and got the toilet working. Cost $28.50.

With everything going to hell in a hand basket Bob went to bed early one evening to get a good nights sleep.  I have told you before that Bob uses a sleeping machine to help his breathing during the night. It is a machine that pumps air and moisture through a tube connected to a sleeping mask that is strapped tightly on his face. He has been using this machine for three years with NO problems. Well with Lana gone, his mojo is way off.  During the night, he got up to head to the bathroom and didn't disconnect the hose from his mask.  Ended up dragging the machine off his nightstand and across the bedroom floor.  It broke.  He had to take it in for repairs.  It takes about two weeks and $150 to repair.  What next?

Bob figured surely he could go a couple days without doing something stupid happening, but it was not to be.  He stepped out of the shower one morning and reached over to his bathroom scales (the professional kind like the ones in the doctors office) and noticed the scale wasn't balanced.  In fact, he couldn't get it to stop clucking down really hard.  His first thought was that when he was doing his massive water clean up a few days earlier during the toilet repair fiasco he must have moved the scale and screwed it up.  He dried himself off and headed out to the garage for his toolbox. He figured a scale couldn't be that complicated, so he started unscrewing all the parts he could find, checking cables, etc.  He wiggled a few things around, adjusted the balancing weight then stepped on the scales and everything worked. He did it.  Then it hit him....he hadn't repaired anything.  It was never broken.  He just wasn't standing on it when he first noticed the problem.  The scale wasn't broken at all.  He shook his head.  Wondered out loud if maybe he needed to start taking some kind of memory supplement.  Not sure it is your memory Bob.

He wrapped up his solo month with a lovely Grandparent's Day celebration up at my brother's house.  Here is a little video clip that Ms. Tennessee captured of Bob in his competitive swim mode.  Crank up the volume so you can hear him smack talking his 12 year old grandson.  They are backstroking with only their hands...no feet:


He won this race, but not an hour later cracked his head open on the garage door playing ping pong.  It was a bloody mess and he said he actually saw stars! 

Thank God, Lana is back home.  At least there is another person in the house to help Bob save himself.     I think a Life Alert necklace, helmet and some ginkgo biloba and ginseng may be on his Christmas List this year!  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Totally Random Cause You Never Blog Anymore

This post is going to fall into the "Better Late Than Never" category. Or maybe the "Totally Random Cause You Never Blog Anymore" category.  I don't even have categories, but whatever!   I'm going with Totally  Random Cause You Never Blog Anymore.  It has a nice ring to it. 

Let's start out with some random pictures...

This is Harry on the first day of school.  That was three weeks ago.  It was very early because he was heading to Cross Country practice.  The picture was taken with my phone because Hubby had our good camera at the beach taking pictures of the hurricane.   My big boy starting his Junior year of high school  Let's compare to last year, shall we?

He looks so young in this picture. Now he is getting all manly and stuff.  Okay, this makes me want to take his picture with my good camera by that very wreath to see how much he has grown.  I will make him do that tomorrow.  He will love it.  I am certain.

Chip on the first day of school!  Also, three weeks ago.  He is heading in to fifth grade, sporting his new braces, looking like a Boss!  Let's flashback to last year, shall we?

My little cherub!  He is not really a cherub, but he can sure look like one when he turns on his sad eyes. Oh my goodness, my babies are growing up. 

School is going well for both boys so far.  Chip has Ms. Harden as his teacher.  She is a good friend of mine.  In fact, she was at his baby shower before he was born.  She has known him forever.  He is totally digging fifth grade.  They got a new class pet this week.  It is a hamster and her name is Honey.  He is doing safety patrol and loves being the greeter in the morning.  Chip has also started playing baseball again. They are just practicing now, but will start playing in a couple of weeks.  He is back to working for our nice neighbor, Ms. Judy.  Letting her dogs out in the afternoon a couple days a week, making a little money.  He saved up enough money to buy a giant lego set that he is working on with his dad as I type.  They have a whole lego building bond going on.  It is great.

We thought Harry's Junior year was going to be a piece of cake.  He has an off period (which he LOVES) so he only has seven subjects.  Several of them are slam dunk classes, but whew that Pre-AP Physics and AP English may be the two hardest classes he has had yet.  He seems to be holding his own so that is great!  He is running cross country and has really shaved some time off his Personal Record.  He also auditioned this week for the school Christmas play which is going to be "Tuna Christmas".  It is a comedy about a little red neck town in Texas.  The boys dress up as old women in the play.  He said it was really funny and he loved the radio announcer part that he read for.  He made the call backs on Thursday, went to more auditions yesterday.  The final cast will be decided on next week.  Fingers crossed that he gets a part.  In other news he hit a bird while driving his car today.  He pulled over, called me and said "Mom, do I need to pick it up or anything?"  I have never hit a bird.  I told him just to leave it and come on home.  Is that the right answer?

Here are a few more pictures from his Cross Country Meets.

Harry and Hunter...those uniforms are almost obscene with their shorty shorts.

 This is what they call "Broga".  It is like Yoga, but for Bro's.  Down to the earth....

Reach up high to the sky.  Good stretch.  Look like a bunch of weirdees, but they don't care a bit.

Harry at the super, stifling hot meet last week.

This morning it was a rainy, chilly mud pit!  Rained all night last night, rained all day today.  He ran at 8:00 this morning and was covered in mud.  He did 2 miles in 12 minutes and change.  Isn't that crazy.  It was a full minute behind some of these other fellows.  They are really good runners.  Varsity Boys came in first place today and JV Boys got second!  Go Boys!

Random topic change...I have made two big pots of these turnip greens.  Never in my life have I made turnip greens and now I just can't get enough of them.  They have Wasabi Powder in them.  Spicy!  They are so good!  Make yourself some!

Weight Loss Update....I have been down to a max of 68 pounds lost...but for the last couple of weeks I have jumped up and down a pound or two.  Aggravating.  I are ready to get to 70.  I am eating clean, exercising regularly and it is coming off slowly but surely.  Just going to keep eating this way till...forever.  Today, after standing out in that crazy, wet rain for four hours I was desperately craving a pastry.  Any kind of baked good.  A blue berry muffin, banana bread, a cinnamon roll.  Just something.  I didn't have one, but I wanted it. Weird.

I am sporting some new clothes that my friend Connie gave me.  Loving them. 

Random topic change....Crazy Busy at work.  Putting in Full Time - Over Time - Waking Me Up in the middle of the night Time.  It will probably last a couple more weeks and then hopefully get back to normal.

Switch again...Bible Study is back!  We are doing another Beth Moore study.  It is at my house so that means I am cleaning like a fool.  It feels so good to have my house clean on Monday morning, get a little God and a little girl time to kick off the week.

Side note....(I know I don't have to keep giving you a heads up when I am switching topics, but I kinda like it!)  I made a Pumpkin Oatmeal Casserole that I found on Pinterest for Bible Study.  It was a clean, gluten free recipe with organic pumpkin, steel cut oatmeal, almond milk, honey, and some other stuff.  It was pretty tasty.

And here we go again.....I had my Lakeside visit this week.  We made scarecrows and Frankensteins.  I got the scarecrow kits from Oriental Trading.

Hello Fall Fellow! 

I made this one up and Hubby helped me put the kits together.  They were easy, peasy, chicken squeezie.  The residents just had to glue stuff together.  It was one of the calmest, most relaxed days we have ever spent at Lakeside.  Very excellent way to spend a morning!  Now I have to come up with a Christmas craft for when we go back in November.  Any ideas?

That is all I am going to bore you with for now.  However, I almost have a new Bob Chronicles ready to go, so check back soon to see what trouble he has gotten into lately! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Speed Round

My mom is on a cross country, month long road trip and is desperate for an update to the old blog.  I have five minutes this morning to get her up to speed so we are going with bullet format....just spitting out some information!   This is for you, Mer!
  • We have the first week of school behind us.  Thank God.  It seemed like last week would never end. I love a schedule and some routine, but I forgot how much that school impacted me.  I only walked one day last week.  New plan for this week...getting up at 4:40 a.m.....walking from 5:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m....Hubby is getting up early to make sure the boys are up and at'em.  Dashing in to wrap up lunches, did you remember this, don't forgot that, homework, reading, etc. Chaos.
  • Cross Country has started and they had their first meet last Friday.  Harry ran well.  He barfed as he was running toward the finish line.  He did that last year at his first meet.  Hmm...let's hope it doesn't happen every race. Gross, but you definitely know he gave it his all.
  • Baseball has also started.  First real practice was last night and the kids looked good.  Going to play in some tournaments this fall.  I can't wait.
  • Random rashes are not going away.  Starting to be a real nuisance.  Doctor visit may be in my near future.
  • Work is very busy.  So busy in fact that I worked about 44 hours last week.  I am part time, people!  It will probably be this way till about mid-October.  Deep sigh.
  • Bob has had some mis-adventures while Lana has been out of town.  I can't wait to post them in my next Bob Chronicles.  He is wearing a helmet daily until her return. 
  • Hubby got some great pictures of the Hurricane rolling into Destin last week.  I will post those soon as well. 
  • I love my new phone. 
  • I have not been cooking as much as I need to (please see aforementioned work hours) and it is impacting my weight loss.  I must plan better this week to have some healthy dinner choices.  I am holding at 65 pounds but am ready to move on.
  • My friend Connie brought me another bag of clothes...I love them.  Inspiration!
  • Bible Study is starting back up next Monday.  I have missed it.  Can't wait to get together with my girls and get some God up in me...even if it means adding one more thing to the calendar!  
  • I am making two pots of coffee some days.  That is not good.  But necessary.
  • House phone is fixed.  It was painful.  Senior Technician required to pay a house call.  Do you know any other home that has this much trouble with technology?  No?  Me either.
  • College football cranked up this weekend. Bama put it on Michigan.  I love football season.
  • Lakeside craft idea was finally decided on this weekend!  Hubby helped cut out, sort and bag all the kits.  We are making Frankenstein faces and Scarecrows.  I think they will be cute!  Relief to have a plan!  

That is all I have for now!  First work call of the day about to start!  Here's to a smooth week ahead and that includes some down time to blog!  Safe travels Mom!  Can't wait to hear about your adventures!  How about a trip to Texas....I have some home improvement projects to tackle!